PORTLAND After seeking bidders to buy the unused, $58 million Wapato Jail, Multnomah County decided not to accept any of the proposals.

Seven groups came forward with ideas for the property, ranging from a bar and hotel to a community college.

But the county decided to go in a different direction. Officials said they ll reach out to other government agencies and see what ideas they can come up with.

More: What to do with jail

Former Wapato Facility Commander Bruce McCain suggested using the 525-bed compound as a facility to help the homeless, but the county doesn t have the funding to maintain it as a shelter.

Background: Multnomah Co's unused Wapato Jail for sale

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